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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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27.04.1943 No. 316 Squadron Spitfire Vb EP108 Sgt. Plenkiewicz

Operation: Training

Date: 27th April 1943 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 316 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: EP108

Base: R.A.F. Northolt, Middlesex

Location: Manor Farm, Shepperton, Middlesex.

Pilot: Sgt. Antoni Stefan Plenkiewicz P.784796 P.A.F. Age 21. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

During training the two aircraft collided and crashed on Manor Farm, Shepperton, Middlesex.

                   

For details on the other pilot see Sgt. Jerzy Janusz Gierczycki.

Notes: EP108 was built by Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory and powered with a Merlin 45 R.R Engine.

                   

Course 23, 58 O.T.U: Front row: P/O. Bendit, P/O. Banach, F/O. Andersz, Fl/Lt. Ridkosil, F/O. Preihs, P/O. Ciach, P/O. Birtus – Centre row: Sgt. Ziendalski, Sgt. Haczkiewicz, Sgt. Makowski, Sgt. Muszynski, Sgt. Gilis, Sgt. Orzechowski, Sgt. Plenkiewicz -Rear row: Sgt. Bednarz, Sgt. Starzynski, Sgt. Kierski, Sgt. Sztuka, Sgt. Murkowski, Sgt. Kobylinski

                    

Burial Details:

Sgt. Antoni Stefan Plenkiewicz. Northwood Cemetery Sec. H. Grave 400. Born 16 May 1921 Lwowskie, Poland. No N.o.K details currently available.

Researched for relatives of the two pilots with thanks to additional information from The Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński – ‘Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945’.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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